Check Eligibility for Home to School Transport



Eligibility for transport assistance for children of compulsory school age is set out in the Department of Education Circular 1996/41, (updated September 2009).

The statutory qualifying distance is

  • 2 miles in relation to a pupil under 11 years of age and
  • 3 miles in relation to a pupil over 11 years of age.

Parents must apply to all schools of the same category within the statutory qualifying distance from the home address to be eligible for transport assistance to a further away school.

YOU WILL NEED TO TAKE ACCOUNT OF THIS WHEN DECIDING ON YOUR ORDER OF PREFERENCES. For full details on School Transport Assistance please go to

To help you decide on your preferences the Eligibility Checker will advise you:-

  1. If your child will/will not be eligible for transport assistance to a chosen school;
  2. Of any closer school(s) within your chosen category and the distance from your home address to those schools.

The Transport Eligibility Checker calculates a result based on the academic year 2024-2025 school data.

Complete the Following Details

School Details

Select the school you wish to check
Click to add a school
Select one up to a maximum of 3 schools.

Pupil's Details

Your child’s Sex (as shown on birth certificate) is required in order to correctly identify your child’s closest school(s).

Pupil's Permanent Home Address

The Authority uses a Geographical Information System (GIS) to electronically calculate a definitive measurement from the pupil's permanent home address to the school using the shortest available walkable route.

Please insert your postcode and house number below.

Transport eligibility will be checked for this confirmed location.

The pin () shows the location of the pupil’s home.
You can now move the map. Ensure the pin () is pointing to the centre of the pupils’ home.
Note, this new location will be verified by the Education Authority
Once you have finished, press ‘Yes’

Terms and Conditions

Parent Declaration

  1. I understand that the Transport Eligibility Checker has been developed by the Education Authority for the purposes of assessing home to school transport eligibility only.A formal on - line application for transport assistance will still need to be completed when your child receives their final school placement confirmation.
  2. I understand the walking network is updated regularly therefore continually improving the accuracy on assessments provided.
  3. I understand that the calculated result provided is based on the distance from the pupil's permanent home address you have provided to the selected school at the time of submission and can be subject to change.
  4. I understand that every property in Northern Ireland has a unique reference point which is used in conjunction with the network to measure the qualifying distance from the door of the home to the nearest available door of the school.
  5. I understand that the Education Authority will process the data submitted in this form to assess home to school transport eligibility only and in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation.

Data Protection Statement

The information provided [on this form] by you to Education Authority(EA) is required by us to enable us to assess your eligibility for Home to School Transport assistance.When we process your personal information, for example, collect it on a form or store it in a file or on a computer, the Authority is obliged to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation(GDPR) and the Data Protection Act 2018.

We will process your personal information on the legal basis that it is part of our public task to do so.

We will not share the personal information you provide to us on this form with any third party.

Your personal information will not be shared or processed for any other purpose without your express consent.

We have published detailed Privacy Notices on our website which can be found by clicking here. Our Privacy Notice provides further information on how and why we process your personal information as well as details on how to contact us if you have any questions or concerns. Please read our Privacy Notices carefully before completing this form.